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MODERN GAMES was too green to do himself justice on debut at Haydock in July. However, he was well backed and proved a completely different proposition on his next start when opening his account at Newmarket.
That is useful form and Modern Games progressed again in defeat when trying to defy a penalty at Leicester last time, beaten only by an above-average newcomer who he was attempting to give 6lbs to. A handicap mark of 90 looks more than fair on the balance of his form and he is taken to prove too strong for another progressive sort in Sed Maarib.
FRANTASTIC is a brother to the same connections’ top-class Cracksman, so makes plenty of appeal on paper. He doesn’t hold any fancy entries, but his brother made a winning debut over this trip as a juvenile and it will be interesting to see how strong he is in the market.
Mark Johnston’s Royal Lodge entry, Capital Theory, will benefit from this step up to a mile and rates the pick of those with experience. Meanwhile, another Gosden debutant, Israar, also needs considering.
Having missed out last year, the ex-professional jockeys are back for the Leger Legends race and COVERHAM is put forward as the answer. Harry Eustace’s charge seemed unsuited by heavy ground at Pontefract last month, and comes out well on the terms of this race.
He’s taken to notch his second win of the year back on a sounder surface. Sunset, Natural Colour and Mumtaaz look the main threats in a race which doesn’t make much betting appeal.
This looks an open renewal of the Sceptre Stakes and it could be worth siding with JUST BEAUTIFUL, who won her first four starts before finishing an excellent sixth in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in July. She started odds-on for her latest start in a Group 3 at Deauville, but was unable to repeat that form and could only finish second.
However, she has a very likeable profile and if returning to her Newmarket form, she will prove hard to beat. Double Or Bubble is another on an upward curve who should give another good account.
ARECIBO is having an excellent first season for Robert Cowell, winning a couple of 5-furlong handicaps at Newmarket, before finishing an excellent second to Oxted in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He has held his form in stronger events than this since, not seen to best effect under a patient ride in the Nunthorpe at York last time. He looks the obvious one to beat down in class. Khaadem proved a shade too keen in blinkers last time, but the drop to the minimum trip is worth exploring and he should prove a big danger.
FAISAL has looked a good prospect winning all three starts so far, not having to improve to defy a handicap mark of 95 on his return to action at Windsor in May, but doing so with more in hand than the half-length margin suggests.
He seemingly isn’t the easiest to train as he hasn’t been seen for 100 days, but he clearly possesses plenty of ability. He should be able to defy a 3lbs rise before moving up in class. Improving three-year-old Anmaat looks the obvious danger.
WENTWORTH FALLS is often a hostage to fortune given the way he is ridden, but he’s handicapped to win and he ran on with real purpose at Newmarket last time. He now returns to a track that suits him, so he takes marginal preference over the progressive Al Simmo. The well-treated Bomb Proof another one to consider.
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